These insights come from different issues of Our Daily Bread magazines and make good pondering.

The actual words and thoughts of God are revealed in the Bible. Don’t just read them and repeat them; think them, feel them, ask the Lord to clarify them, to make them a part of your experience and teach you.

Second Timothy  3:16 and Peter 1:19-21 are two key passages that tell us the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The human writers of the Bible were not afraid to acknowledge that what they spoke or wrote was given to them by God (Ex. 34:27; Acts 3:18; Heb. 1:1) through the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Lord Jesus affirmed that it is the Spirit who is the author of Scripture (Matt.22:43; Mark 12:36).

Happy Sunday.

The Week that Was – Parable of the Tenants

With a few days left to live Jesus continues to preach and teach.

Luke 20:9-16 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”

Great Quotes by Great People

Over the years I have collected many quotes from many sources, and I’d like to share a few today. Quotes are a wonderful way to spice up our minds, especially when they come from the hearts and minds of great people. (My comments are in parenthesis).

Let me start with this one from Confusius:

I hear, I forget…I see, I remember…I do, I understand.  (This has always made sense to me.)

Imagination is more important than knowledge…Albert Einstein.  (More than one knowledgable person will dispute this.)

Our doubts are our traitors…William Shakespeare. (I don’t doubt this!)

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for?…Robert Browning. (Can you feel yourself reaching?)

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear…Zen Proverb. (This has actually happened for me.)

Do more than touch, feel. Do more than look, observe. Do more than hear, listen. Do more than listen, understand. Do more than speak, say something…John Harson Rhoades. (Try this, it really awakens the senses.)

You must enjoy the moment rather than waste it with feelings of wanting, wanting, more, more. It is very necessary to be content or you spoil the time you have…Gina Lollobrigida. (Being content in a moment without the the immediate need for another, is sublime.)

“Be still and know that I am God…” God. (This is only one of His many.)

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! What you think you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage and then the mind grows heated. Begin and then the work will be completed…Johann Wolfgang Goethe. (This one is responsible for my forthcoming book…I began and now it is completed.)

Let there be spaces in your togetherness for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow…Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet). (This has been one of my favorites for years, and can be great advice for relationships.)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away…William David Thoreau. (I wonder if this is why I particularly love the drums.)

When you are yourself, expressing who you are and giving the gift or talent that you were born to give, that is how you spread the greatest amount of love and peace in the world. That is your special, unique way of making a difference…Robert Allen. (Would that we could all make a difference. Once again, imagine if we try.)

More tomorrow….